December 1, 1992 |
Red ribbons, a symbol of compassion for those who have AIDS and solidarity with the struggle to conquer the disease, will grace the lapels of area residents today as South Jersey marks World AIDS Day. At noon, at Camden City Hall, the Camden County AIDS Task Force will sponsor a rally to raise awareness about the disease. Participants will hand out red ribbons and literature as people with AIDS offer personal testimony about their illness. Local political leaders also will speak.
November 22, 2001 |
With World AIDS Day just around the corner, local organizations said they are hoping that activities they have planned will help put the disease back into public consciousness. World AIDS Day - Dec. 1 - began in 1988 after the World Summit of Ministers of Health Programs for AIDS Prevention. The day was designated to heighten awareness and open channels of communication about HIV and AIDS. On and around Dec. 1, dinners, seminars and candlelight vigils are planned across the region to not only help raise awareness, but to raise money for research and services for those infected with the diseases.
November 30, 2001 |
World AIDS day is tomorrow. In the past few years, this observance has turned from its initial purpose of sociopolitical activism in the service of public awareness into a toothless event with all the significance of a Hallmark holiday. It has moved from marches in the streets and grassroots initiatives into fund-raiser's pabulum. Now, with the reorganized priorities post-Sept. 11, scientists, researchers, AIDS organizations, health workers, and social service organizations are facing another turning point in the epidemic.
December 11, 2011
Bob Ray Sanders is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, was truly remarkable this year for several reasons - mostly good, but at least one bad thing. It was the day George W. Bush returned to Africa, a continent that benefited greatly from his unprecedented HIV/AIDS initiative; President Obama committed to a major increase in funding for treatment of HIV here at home. That's the good news. Also on that day, in a bizarre act that had nothing to do with HIV/AIDS, the world's largest human-rights organization made a complete fool of itself by calling for Bush's arrest.
November 30, 1992 |
More than 100 arts and AIDS service organiations in Philadelphia will observe World AIDS Day tomorrow with a variety of programs. It will be the first city-wide "Day Without Art" since 1989, when arts organizations around the country began to recognize Dec. 1 as a day of mourning and a way of dramatizing how the disease has affected the arts. Many commercial and nonprofit art galleries will close tomorrow, so if you're planning to see a particular exhibition, you should call first.
November 30, 2003 |
A month after winning her first beauty pageant, Kalelelo Ntsepe, 32, is still a little overwhelmed. "I entered because I wanted to make a difference," she says. That may sound like conventional beauty queen banter, but the pageant - held in Botswana, on the southern fringe of Africa's Kalahari Desert - was anything but ordinary. To enter, contestants had to be HIV-positive. "The competition was held to fight the stigma of HIV and AIDS," says Ntsepe. "As Miss HIV Stigma-Free, my goal is to show that a woman can have the virus and still lead an active, vital, productive life.
December 2, 1991 |
Under the gleaming Christmas tree atop the steps of the Art Museum, they came to remember the dead. It was an odd juxtaposition. About 50 people, standing in a circle at twilight yesterday, carrying burning candles, thinking and talking not about joy or celebration, but about suffering and loss and death. It was World AIDS Day, and in Philadelphia, around the country and around the world, AIDS activists came together to mourn those who have died of the disease, and plead the case of those still living with it. Observances included everything from A Day Without Art to a Night Without Light, and the commemorations were as varied as the people doing the remembering.
December 2, 1993 |
President Clinton, the first U.S. leader to participate in World AIDS Day, touted his administration's record yesterday and welcomed the rage of an AIDS activist who angrily accused him of doing nothing. "Part of my job is to be a lightning rod," Clinton said during a speech at Georgetown Medical Center. He listened calmly to the heckler who interrupted his speech, shouting "one year, lots of talk, no action. " Clinton said, "I'd rather that man be in here screaming at me than having given up altogether.
December 2, 1988 |
The first World AIDS Day was marked yesterday by a concert in Beijing, a march in Harare, Zimbabwe, and a speech by a San Franciscan who has had the deadly disease for six years and says his life was "made richer" because of it. The World Health Organization, which sponsored the event, said 140 nations held special activities yesterday to focus awareness on the disease that WHO estimates infects 5 million to 10 million people worldwide. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimated Monday that 79,389 Americans had been diagnosed with AIDS since 1981; more than half have died.
December 1, 1996
The theme of today's ninth World AIDS Day, "One World, One Hope," has been given new meaning by a promising class of drugs that is extending lives of people with the fatal disease. Any progress in treating victims of this modern plague is good news. But euphoria over new treatments should not overshadow the most effective and proven weapon in the fight against AIDS: education to prevent people from getting it in the first place. The word has to be spread, in the classroom and on the street, that even with a cure for AIDS on some distant horizon, this is still a horrible, deadly, preventable disease.